Source: Pacific Film Archives
March 1, 2009 - April 29, 2009
A celebration of women filmmakers from North
Africa and the Middle East, as well as the diaspora in Europe, this series
represents a remarkable geographic, cultural, and stylistic range. In
documentaries, features, and experimental works, the directors depict urban
attitudes and rural traditions, the dream of escape and the isolation of exile,
and the comforts and entrapments of family. But as James Neil, co-curator of the
British series that inspired this one, has said, a common theme runs through the
films: "They are about women who struggle and strive against their surroundings,
and they're directed by women who have had those experiences themselves."
Iranian director and actress Niki Karimi joins us on March 1 to present her films One Night and A Few Days Later
Well known for her portrayals of forceful,
independent women in such films as Sara (1993), Two Women (1999),
and The Hidden Half (2001), she also assisted Iranian master Abbas
Kiarostami on The Wind Will Carry Us and ABC Africa before going
on to direct her own films. In advocating for what she calls "the kind of cinema
which describes reality and which gets close to people's daily lives without
making compromises," she speaks for many of the courageous women whose works are
Of related interest are two screenings in our film-lecture course Film 50: Marziyeh Meshkini's The Day I Became a Woman on April 22 and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis on April 29.
Women's Cinema from Tangiers to
Tehran is a touring exhibition coordinated by ArteEast, a nonprofit arts
organization based in New York that promotes the arts and cultures of the Middle
East. For its original presentation in England, it was curated by James Neil and
Suzy Gillett of Parallax Media and Institut Franšais. We wish to thank Suna
Kafadar, coordinator of the tour, and Livia Alexander, executive director of
ArteEast. Prints are part of the tour unless otherwise indicated.
At PFA, the series is coordinated by Kathy Geritz and cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. It is presented in conjunction with the yearlong interdisciplinary program Gender, Islam and the West, hosted by the Institute of European Studies (IES). Special thanks to Beverly Crawford, associate director, IES, and Noga Wizanksy, assistant director, National Resource Center for West European Studies. Gender, Islam and the West features academics, public intellectuals, activists, artists, and writers who will explore the relationship between Islam and Western secularism, particularly as it manifests itself in the lives of women. The full array of events is listed at ies.berkeley.edu/calendar/ssrc/.
Niki Karimi's visit is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Special thanks to Minoo Moallem, professor and chair of Gender and Women's Studies.
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